Steps to Prevent Facial Injuries
Traumatic facial injuries are an incredibly sensitive matter. Not only are many facial injuries incredibly uncomfortable, facial trauma can cause broken facial bones, knocked out teeth, and scarring. Sometimes trauma can be so severe that a person is unable to eat or speak. When it comes to treating trauma, it is wise to visit an oral surgeon. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is an expert at facial surgery—especially where facial trauma has occurred.
Our oral health and the tissues that comprise the oral health system are precious. When the oral health system is damaged, it is imperative to seek out professional treatment as soon as possible. Performing facial surgery and other treatments that address dental trauma involves increasing oral function and comfort along with repairing damage and restoring one’s appearance.
Since facial trauma is extremely uncomfortable and requires relatively invasive care at times, it is important that people do everything they can to prevent facial injuries. When it comes right down to it, preparedness only requires a little bit of your time and action. Following are tips for preventing facial injuries and trauma.
Keep Office Numbers Handy
One of the best things you can do during a dental emergency is to call your oral health care provider as soon as possible. To do this, we recommend that you store contact information in your mobile phone and keep business cards in your wallet, vehicle, and workspace. When you call, our staff will take down information and prepare for your ultimate visit to our practice. Be sure to discuss the nature of your injury and any symptoms/sensations you are experiencing.
It might be silly to recommend that people pay attention to their surroundings but it’s true; we should all pay more attention. Mindfulness means that you are aware of your surroundings and you adjust your actions accordingly to maintain safety. It is important that people drive, walk, and run with attentiveness rather than just “going through the motions.”
Purchase a Custom Mouthguard
Do you play contact sports or participate in high-risk activities? If so, you should invest in the appropriate safety gear. If a mouthguard is required, we recommend talking to our oral surgeon about receiving a custom one. Custom mouthguards are effective at protecting teeth and soft tissue.
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